Archive for November, 2012

Snoring could cause Atherosclerosis

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Recent animal studies suggest a potential effect of snoring on increased local inflammatory responses and adjunct vessel damage in carotid arteries by transmission of vibration energy.  Human studies have reported supportive evidence that intima-media thickness, an indicator of subclinical atherosclerosis on carotid arteries, is elevated in snorers compared with non-snorers.  Findings from a 4 year follow-up study at University of Pennsylvania (SLEEP 2012) indicate that habitual snoring could be longitudinally associated with the early process of atherosclerosis on carotid arteries ...

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Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea

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Although research hasn’t confirmed obstructive sleep apnea as a cause of atrial fibrillation, studies have shown that afib recurrence is higher following electrical cardioversion (using electricity to convert atrial fibrillation to normal rhythm) in those whose sleep apnea has not been treated. Research has also shown that afib improves when sleep apnea is treated.

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